Since the launch of Integrated Business Planning in 2014 (from the previous SOP on HANA), the adoption of IBP has convinced many company leaders to bring their planning processes on this platform. Currently available only on SAP cloud, SAP IBP completes existing tactical planning processes based on APO and drive the digital transformation into new business processes. The official SAP IBP architecture comprises the following solutions:
Supply Chain Control Tower
IBP for Sales and Operations
IBP for Demand
IBP for Inventory
IBP for Response and Supply
IBP for Demand Driven Replenishment.
SAP customers choosing SAP IBP may be:
in the process of rolling out globally S&OP
performing already S&OP but with some business limitations (i.e. limited integration with financial planning)
running S&OP with outdated software solutions
currently adopting S&OP practices
interested in getting more control over the mix
seeking a centralization of planning practices based on scattered spreadsheets
Replacing existing Demand Planning processes
Building a platform supporting growth based on M&A
<your situation here>.
Regardless of the scenario, implementing efficiently SAP IBP requires the following skillsets:
understanding of the planning and operational processes (business view)
experience in change management (change management)
ability to model mathematically business problems (data modeling and database design)
command of the SAP IBP configuration (functional view)
experience with sustainable and efficient integration paradigms
ability to communicate efficiently to business users, IT experts, SAP consultants and developers (technical view)
end to end view of the IT/business/delivery as a financial investment
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